1. What are the dimensions of the poles these augers will receive?
From 2 3/8 inches to 1 ½ inch.
2. What keeps this auger from going in the ground crooked?
When you first drill the initial hole down about 2 inches, the soil is typically soft enough that alignment is easiest at that point. From the 2 inch depth until it wedges tight is the critical time. In the majority of cases thus far, the softer the soil, the more plum the alignment is achieved. Should there be rock or really dense soil, the use of water to soften the soil is especially helpful in alignment.
3. What is the tallest upright will this base take and not fall over?
It really isn’t the tallest part that affects the base but rather the tensile strength of the pole itself. The longer a piece of pvc that is used, the more flexible and less stable the pole itself. Also, depending on the weight, load or wind resistance anticipated from the upright being mounted, the equation varies with every soil composition. A rule of thumb is for every foot above ground extending above grade, approximately two inches should be buried underground. This is not an exact science therefore if you have doubts or concerns, increase the depth of the auger in proportion to the upright.
4. How much load will this auger base support?
Keep in mind that load can be either dead weight or static. Example, a flag is measured in static weight because, depending on the size of the flag, how much wind it can catch and how it is mounted, with tension lines or directly to the pole, rigid. How big in size more so than how much it weighs contributes greatly to what load it effects. Also, the density of the soil will contribute to the amount of weight the auger will support. As for the load associated with the auger base, the greater load facture is determined from the pole supporting the mounted object.
5. Are there any code restrictions associated with this auger or can you use it anywhere?
The primary application of this auger, whether plastic or aluminum is for temporary installations only. Granted they can be used for long term applications, but the use is still temporary. The characteristic that it can be unscrewed for removal and reinstalled establishes it as being a temporary accessory. Code restrictions only apply as to where the upright may be installed. The auger represents a method of temporary application. To date, there are no code restrictions for any of the augers, including the fence post version.
6. Are there any engineering specifications published for this product?
No. This product represents temporary installation of a vertical upright and does not address any characteristics of permanent installation. No evidence of structural integrity is addressed or implied.
7. What if the soil is very rocky. Will this auger penetrate rocky soil? If not, what should a person do in this situation?
This auger is only as good as the person installing. The soil configuration issue is conditional on how large the rocks are as compared to the soil composition. In the situation of there being more rock than dirt, an alternate method of installing the upright should be evaluated.
8. Will the auger hold strong in sandy soil?
Not as strong as in more dense composition type soils, such as clay or black dirt. Yes it will hold to a certain degree and when in sand, the plastic auger is made to address sand by being longer, achieving deeper penetration into the soil especially for more stability. The plastic auger base is deigned specifically for softer soil applications, sand being considered a softer soil condition. The fence post version offers the greatest practical holding capacity.
9. Is Horizontal “cross tensioning” an application for this auger design?
Neither the plastic nor aluminum 2 inch version is designed for “cross tensioning” of uprights. Example of “cross tensioning” would be a cloths line between two poles. However, the fence post steel version could be used for certain applications if the span were not too great and the load too much.
10. Is “angle tensioning” of uprights an application for this product?
Yes. Exceptions to this answer being the angle of the tension being pulled. The lower the gradient, the stronger the holding power of the auger. Example, if this auger were being used to help anchor support a tent, depending on the wind capturing ability of the tent as determined for lift in wind, the auger would be a strong support element in such an anchoring profile. Mooring a boat on a lake shore would probably offer sufficient anchoring support, depending on the size of the vessel and the wind draft/water turbulence being anchored against.
11. Is there a formula that a person can use to determine if their application is absolutely perfectly mounted in a manor as to avoid any possible problems?
No. Even permanent installations incur problems. Also, keep in mind that this auger is deigned to address temporary, not permanent installation of vertical uprights.
12. Can an auger be used for both permanent and temporary installation of vertical uprights?
Yes. Even permanent can be removed if repair is necessary.
13. Can a person get specially sized augers made for a special application?
In the near future, there will be special application augers being made but at this time, the cost is prohibitive and the engineers are working on specific application dynamics.
14. What if someone has an application that isn’t specifically addressed with either an adapter or a suggested remedy?
Call us and inquire if an adapter is being deigned or if a solution is already available through alternate resources.
15. Can a square or rectangular upright be installed in this auger?
Currently, the only square/rectangular adapter that is available is designed to accommodate 1 ½ inch tubing. All other applications are intended for round tubing insertion. However, keep in mind that the collets are designed to conform to any configuration, round, square, rectangular, etc.
16. Is the auger waterproof?
It will hold water but it is not designed to keep water out.
17. Has a test been performed on the aluminum auger for oxidation and electrolysis?
Yes. The oxidation level has been addressed by adhering a clear coating to reduce oxidation considerably. The electrolysis level was tested and set at approximately 1.72hz. In other words, it is highly unlikely to conduct electricity or act as a grounding element if lightening is present.
18. How many times can the plastic auger be installed and removed?
Although no actual statistics have been accumulated, the plastic auger has been tested on occasions exceeding 50 installations under controlled conditions and soil formations. The exact number would likely be in direct proportion to the soil conditions of installation and the method of installation, whether by hand tool or electric device.
19. How many times can the aluminum auger be installed and removed?
Once again, no formal study has been conducted with this issue being specifically addressed. Thus far, the aluminum auger continues to be capable of being installed indefinitely and uninstalled on the same scale.
20. Why are hammer drills and impact guns excluded from acceptable installation tools?
Hammer drills and impact guns do have incredible ratcheting characteristics but without exception, the impact action repeatedly distorted the square insertion cavity within the base. This distortion eliminated the ability of the user to remove the auger from the temporary installation. It also prevented the auger from being installed again simply because the square drive cavity was no longer square enough to receive the ½ inch drive extension tool securely.
21. Can the plastic auger base be used in soil that might be hotter in temperature, perhaps around a campfire?
We would not encourage the plastic auger base be used within 5 feet of an open flame such as a camp fire. The auger can melt and reduce the efficiency of the holding capability of the auger base.
22. How much torque is required to install the auger base?
Depending on the soil composition the softer the soil the less torque that is required. The more dense the soil, the more torque that will be required. The plastic version auger is deigned for softer soil conditions. The aluminum version auger is designed for installation in the more dense soil compositions. The softer soil installation torque should be close to 20 – 40 foot pounds of torque. The more dense soils may require in excess of 50 foot pounds. This condition can be easily modified by beginning the installation of the auger, then removing it, filling the initial hole with water and then reinstalling. The water tends to soften the soil to receive the auger with less torque being required.
23.Is the auger designed for only certain types of poles?
No. The auger will accommodate any type of pole, be it plastic pvc or metal for either plastic or aluminum version.
24. Can the auger be cemented in after installation?
There is nothing that should prohibit concrete being added for more stability but the cement could reduce the effectiveness of the auger itself, by design.
25. During installation, what if the auger were to hit a sprinkler line, gas pipe or any electricity lines?
In any situation where you have the slightest suspicion that such a condition could exist, consult your local utility company for marker locations of the utility lines that might exist within the path you might insert the augers. This is typically a free service. As for our tests, the augur screwed past the object rather than disrupt it.
26. Will the plastic or aluminum auger drill through to penetrate asphalt, concrete or ground that is frozen?
27. What safety precautions are required for installing this auger system?
Always wear protective eyewear and protective sheathing for hands when working with equipment or tools that require such protective wear. Carefully evaluate or ask the proper authorities associated with the location you estimate working in, what dangers could exist, should you drill to penetrate the soil in that location. Use caution, anticipating possible resolve for conditions that might arise from auger/anchor installation. Follow installation instructions for both the auger and the vertical upright being installed.
28. Will there be a way to ask questions, should someone need help with their project?
Visit our web site and look under FAQ to see if the question might have a common answer. If the question isn’t addressed, contact product support or customer service, whether they bought the product directly from us or not.
29. Can a customer get an exchange for merchandise for a defective product?
Yes, provided they prepay the shipment both ways, to us and back to them, and that the item was actually defective, meeting the defective product requirements.
30. Can the auger be affected by wind sheer?
Wind sheer is typically associated with the tolerance of the tubing in respect to the load affixed to the pole. Wind sheer, addresses how much wind, at what velocity it will take to break or collapse the tubing. The auger base will likely remain secure in the ground, depending if water is associated with the wind sheer factor or if flooding were associated with the sheer incident. The auger is designed to withstand the sheer and allow for the tuning to be replaced back in the auger base.
31. Is the auger base designed to be used for climbing?
Under no circumstance is the auger base designed to address a free standing vertical upright that is for climbing purposes. However, certain climbing apparatus, example, ladders that are anchored to a structure such as a deer stand provide excellent stability to the upright support.
32. Could a larger pole diameter be installed over the outside of the auger base and be as secure?
No. The design of the auger base is to install the upright in a telescoping manner, thus giving optimum anchoring dynamics.
33. Is this product under patented or patent pending in any other countries beside the United States?
Yes. Patented in Canada also.
34. What is the best soil to use this auger base in?
The more dense the soil, the stronger the auger base characteristics.
35. Can this auger base be installed and expected to hold securely under water?
In certain applications, this auger base is the better method of installing certain projects. The applications are more likely to be addressed by professionals, but the method of installation would have to be specifically modified for underwater applications. Thus far, the tests have proven that the augur has substantial holding power underwater and is easily installed with a mechanical hand operated ratchet tool. Only certified divers are to attempt this type of installation.
36. What if the plastic auger square drive distorts because someone used a defective socket drive extension and they need to remove the auger base?
There is an extraction tool available for such a situation. It is currently available from the manufacturer of the auger base, E.G.I. The adapter may allow for limited reinstallation but the augur is not considered defective if the tool specifications are not within accepted wear conditions. Any distortion of the square drive in the augur base is evidence of misuse and voids any replacement warranty.
37. Will the plastic auger get brittle if let in the sun too long?
The material that the plastic auger is made of is designed to withstand long term exposure to the sun. However, when the auger is installed in the ground, the moisture from the ground extends its effectiveness and shelf life. If the auger were to be exposed above ground in total exposure to the sun and heat, the plastic compound could become more brittle and reduce the torque, tensile strength.
38. Can the aluminum auger base be used to secure a ground element for electrical grounding or lightening ground deterrent?
39. Will the adapters for the aluminum auger and the plastic auger interchange?
40. How much pressure would it take to pull the auger out of the ground?
The soil composition is the determining factor for the auger being pulled out of the ground. No testing has been researched for this issue because the less dense the soil, the easier the auger could be pulled out. The more dense the soil, the more difficult the pull is likely to be. No absolute soil condition could be evaluated as the normal or standard against which to test.
41. What makes this auger different from other auger systems?
The design is specific for stabilizing a vertical upright with the least amount of soil being disturbed and securing the base for optimum stability.
42. Why is using an auger base more effective than digging the hole and mixing concrete method of installing a vertical upright?
The less soil is disturbed, the greater the strength of stability established by the soil itself. Concrete is porous in characteristic and absorbs moisture from the ground continually. The plastic auger is not porous nor is the aluminum therefore not contributing to soil expansion or contraction, affording the most stable environment for the vertical upright. This method is safer, easier, no mess to clean up, less intrusive to soil, EPA approved, cost effective, reusable, extremely simple installation, no special tools and in most cases, stronger than if you had dug a hole and mixed concrete
43. Can auger bases be used to launch fireworks?
44. What is the best way to store plastic auger bases when they are not installed in the ground?
For plastic to retain elasticity and have the optimum strength for auger support, it is strongly suggested that they be stored in a moist environment, damp but not necessarily immersed in water. Also, keeping them out of direct sunlight will help prolong their usefulness.
45. Can aluminum and plastic accessories be mixed, combined and matched for different applications?
Absolutely. Plastic can be used with aluminum and vice versa.
46. Will galvanized poles installed in aluminum auger bases oxidize and become as if welded after a period of time?
This is a possibility but testing thus far has not evidenced any oxidation of materials at all. The aluminum auger base has been coated with a protective film, e-coating and will resist oxidation for a time. However, if the surface of the coating is rupture, the possibility of oxidation is all the stronger.
47. If the plastic auger is installed in ground that is susceptible to frost, will the auger base rupture during the freeze?
Although none have ruptured thus far, as the plastic ages with time comes the possibility of rupture during frost environment.
48. Will an auger base work in quick sand?
Characteristic to what is called “quick sand”, there is very little that can be done to avoid anything being stabilized to sustain a vertical upright in this type of soil.
49. What kind of studies have been made regarding auger bases?
Multitudes of studies have revealed that the spiraling action of an auger profile penetrates faster and holds stronger than other conventional methods. The “flightings” concept has been an innovation of industry for decades and continues to offer numerous opportunities to prove itself effective and practical in so many applications. An internet search in this regard will reveal substantial evidence to such studies.
50. Will the steel version of the auger base be available to the public user in the near future?
Yes. The steel version will be designed to address structural integrity issues. It is user friendly so that anyone can install it for flags, fence, anything that requires stronger holding capacity or greater strength.
51. How much torque is required to install the fence post version?
Current tests have determined that different soils require different torque. The more dense the soil, the greater the torque. Thus far, the fence post version has been between 125 to 235 foot pounds to install. Keep in mind that power tools and tractor type equipment may be more efficient for installation where practical.
52. How about using the aluminum version for fencing?
The aluminum auger base could be used for 4 foot, chain link version fencing only because it will receive an 1 5/8 inch pole. Keep in mind it is designed to be a temporary installation base so if someone chooses to use the auger for fencing, it has not been commercially approved. It could become an insurance issue in the event the homeowner were to have damage claims or vandalism consequences. The aluminum auger base will not receive a 2 3/8 pole which is the more common for fencing above 4 foot. Granted, the 6 foot chain link fence partition could once again use the 1 5/8 inch pole but the stability is not sufficient to support the possible load. Too many homeowners have occasion to allow foliage to grow against fencing. This could become an issue for stability of the fencing.
53. Can the augers be used for vinyl fencing?
The way vinyl fencing is characterized to be installed, the auger base for the post would have to use the steel version. The adapter for the post is designed to receive both sizes of corner and line posts. That adapter is called a “rook” and is available through a company in New Jersey.
54. If the auger base concept is such a good idea, why should its uses be limited?
Simply because an idea is good doesn’t mean it will work for everything. In order for a product to be effective and reliable, the guidelines for that product must be observed and respected. The dependability of the product is going to depend on how carefully the directions for installation and application guidelines are observed.
55. What if someone installs a pole that fills up with water? What would be suggested for draining the pole of water?
Depending on how contaminated the water inside the pole is, it would probably be the easiest to drill a small hole as close to bottom of the base, in the pole, and let it drain slowly. Be careful not to make the hole too large and diminish the integrity of the upright stability.
56. Would it be alright to mount a light and run electricity inside the pole mounted in an auger base, up to the light?
Not a good idea to use products that do not conform to industry standards. This product is not approved for UL ratings for electrical installation. Have a qualified electrician evaluate if the installation of the upright is for a light standard would meet the criteria for proper code restrictions in your area.
57. Is the auger base expected to be waterproof?
No. The auger was designed to not keep water or air out so that if water did fill the auger base, there would be sufficient air to dry out the water accumulation. Keep in mind that the auger is not susceptible to water damage so water inside or outside the base is not considered to be an issue.
58. Why is the auger base mostly hollow?
The vertical uprights of different sizes use the tapering aspect of the hollow cavity to align and stabilize the lowest portion of the pole.
59. If someone wanted the auger base more waterproof, could they install their vertical upright and use silicone to fill the void around the pole?
Yes. It would probably make for a tougher extraction from the base but it would not disrupt the concept of the auger base effectiveness.
60. Are the compression fittings deigned to not allow the pole to be pulled out of the auger base?
No. The compression fittings are designed for alignment and stability purposes more than eliminate removal possibilities. The tighter the cap compresses the fittings, the stronger they hold the pole and secure it from being easily pulled out. However, surface conditions of the pole being too smooth, the probability of the pole being removed is only as good as the surface retention capability of the pole. A hint for making the pole tougher to extract is to wrap tape around the portion of the pole being compressed and tightening the cap compression rings around the tape adds substantial retention properties
61. How do I know this product will work?
The concept of auger dynamics is not a new idea. Screwing something into wood, dirt or to penetrate only for a hole has been around from over a hundred years. The concept works very well. How we designed this auger to work for in a unique way is that instead of just screwing it into the ground and disturbing allot soil, this design is profiled to give the least amount of disruption to the soil thus allowing the conical portion to wedge into the ground and retain the maximum strength to fortification. This auger base concept addresses greater torque for penetration, telescoping technology for stability, tighter wedging feature, multiple applications embraced, reusable, longevity, 100% recyclable, cosmetic appeal, flexible configuration, and many more characteristics, not commonly found in an anchoring system.
62. How much dead weight torque will the ground Tension Anchor withstand?
Thus far, the tension anchor has withstood over 700 foot pounds of straight dead weight pull and not withdrawn from the soil. Granted, each soil condition will determine the strength of the auger itself but the tension adapter for the auger seems strong enough to withstand substantial torque.
63. What has the Tension Anchor been tested to apply to?
The most obvious use was for boat mooring and tents, both as base anchors and tension line stabilizers. After several reviews for tents and boats the next best use was for deer stands and feeders for hunters. While they were being tested for boat mooring we also realized that they could be used under water also for anchoring buoys and such. Additionally, many other applications were successfully tested such as inflatables, mobile homes, vegetation, trees, and so many more. The testing continues as applications are addressed.